Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton has earned platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America for his chart-topping ballad “God Gave Me You.”
In addition, the Ada native’s “Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton” and “Red River Blue” albums have simultaneously earned gold certification by the RIAA, according to a news release.
“Red River Blue” includes the hit singles “Honey Bee,” certified platinum last year, and “God Gave Me You,” and earned Shelton a Grammy nomination for best country album.
John Esposito, President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville, surprised Shelton at his sold-out show in Duluth, Ga., last Friday, Jan. 27 with three plaques to commemorate the most successful year of the Tishomingo’s white-hot career. Shelton kicked off his sold-out headlining arena tour, “Well Lit & Amplified Tour 2012” Jan. 12 in Toledo, Ohio, with openers Justin Moore and Dia Frampton.
Along with his best country album nomination, Shelton also will compete for best country solo performance for “Honey Bee.” Plus, Shelton’s rendition of “God Gave Me You,” written by contemporary Christian singer Dave Barnes, earned a nod for best country song, an award presented to songwriters.
The Recording Academy announced last week that Shelton and The Band Perry will join country legend Glen Campbell for a special performance during the Grammy Awards, which will air Feb. 12 on CBS.
Also last week, Shelton earned entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which he and fellow Oklahoma native Reba McEntire will co-host April 1 in Las Vegas on CBS.
His latest single from “Red River Blue,” “Drink On It” recently hit country radio. “Red River Blue” debuted at No. 1 on the Soundscan Top Current Albums chart and Soundscan Top Country Albums chart, with the Associated Press calling the album “the best album of his career.”
Shelton has notched 10 No. 1 hits and has not had a single peak outside the top 10 since 2007.
He is currently one of the musician coaches on NBC’s “The Voice” along with superstars Christian Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine. The hit reality TV series begins its second season at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday after the Super Bowl. Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert will perform “America the Beautiful” as part of the Super Bowl pregame festivities Sunday in Indianapolis.